Re: May Infants and Toddlers
posted at 5/8/2013 7:41 PM EDT
In response to rama8677's comment:
Lissa, can you explain a little more about your DD's schedule for drinking bmilk/bottle? My DD is 9 months and I am in the process of weaning her (mainly because my DH and I are going on a kid-free trip at the beginning of June, (HOORAY!) and I don't really want to be pumping 5x/day) I've gotten her down to nursing upon wakeup, nursing 1x during the day (around 2:00 and that ispumping if I am at work) and before bed. I offer her bottles two other times a day, and she drinks 2-4 oz from each. I am worried she's not getting enough but it sounds like maybe it's about the same as your dd?
ETA: My DD eats a ton of solid foods during the day, of course!
I haven't supplemented with formula at all, so anything she has gotten has been pumped breastmilk. DD REALLY loves solid food and has kind of led me towards not sending as much milk at daycare. At around 9 months I had been sending two 6 ounce bottles and she wasn't really drinking all of it by the time I picked her up. I switched at that point to one 8 ounce bottle and now I"m sending one 5 ounce bottle (sometimes there's only 4 ounces or so in it). She drinks from a sippy cup very well and they give her water with every meal. She gets her one bottle right before her morning nap at daycare.
At home on the weekends, I don't usually nurse her before her nap, I just stick her in the crib and she goes to sleep. This actually is leading to my supply decreasing for pumping at work. She's almost a year, so once the pumping at work stops being productive I'm going to stop sending milk to daycare. With my older daughter, I nursed a lot more when I was home because she knew it was an option and would ask for milk. Younger daughter seems to prefer solid food. She really likes to nurse in the morning but other than that she doesn't much. Even her bedtime nursing session is kind of lackadaisacal. It seems like she's humoring me.
Anyway, she nurses for at least an hour, sometimes an hour and a half, in the morning. She usually wakes around 4:30 but sometimes she wakes around 4 (usually if her teeth are bothering her). I have to start getting ready for work at 5:30 so whether she wants to stop or not, when the alarm goes off we're done. If she's still fussy I give her a cup and some cheerios and she settles down. I think when it's time to wean off the morning feeding I'll just go straight to the cup and cereal. At school she gets her one bottle around 9AM. Then when I pick her up aroun 3:30 or 4 she nurses when we get home, mostly for comfort and snuggles. Then she nurses again at around 6ish, sometimes 6:30ish, but not for long, then goes to sleep.
If she's home on the weekend she nurses upon waking, same as the days I work, but doesn't get more milk from me until 2 or 3 ish (when she usually asks for it, upon waking from her second nap) and she usually doesn't nurse for very long.
I will say that this schedule only works because it's what she wants. My older daughter got a LOT more of her calories from nursing at this age. I was pumping more and my supply was greater because she was nursing more. She also was still shaky about sleeping through the night so she was still nursing at least 6 times over the course of 24 hours. I was sending a lot more milk to daycare too. So whether or not you succeed in totally weaning will depend on the cooperation of the baby.